August 26, 2002: “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us.”
In the two years after September 11, 2001, President Bush and seven top officials in his administration made 935 false statements about the threat of Iraq to America. The above quote was made by Vice President Dick Cheney.
The aides and officials include Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, and Colin Powell. The study, conducted by two non-profit groups was based mainly off of major speeches, government transcripts, and quotes from major news sources.
Bush himself made 232 statements regarding the now debunked theory that Saddam Hussein possessed and was developing nuclear weapons. He also made 28 additional false statements about al-Qaeda’s link to Iraq.
According to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the 9/11 Commission, and the multinational Iraq Survey Group, Iraq suspended their nuclear program in 1991. This however did not stop the administration from making these statements and later invading the country. Does this sound like any other situation that happened recently? Possibly false statements regarding Iran’s nuclear program which was disabled in 2003?
Hopefully the American public and the United States Congress won’t have the curtain pulled over their eyes a second time and move to stop the administration from taking any military action against Iran.
I know Nancy Pelosi has stated that she will not bring impeachment proceedings against the President and Vice-President, and I understand that getting the support needed for the proceedings is unlikely. However, I believe there is sufficient evidence that the President and his advisers had the correct intelligence regarding Iraq’s lack of WMD’s and they knew the link between al-Qaeda was nonexistent. I just hope history judges those who stood by and did nothing as harshly as those who committed these injustices.
U.S. deaths in Iraq: 3931
Iraqi civilian deaths: 88,000-600,000
Study: Bush, aides made 935 false statements in run-up to war– [CNN]